There are at present approximately twenty major religions in this world, further divided into as many as three-hundred smaller classifications. With very few exceptions, most seem to be of the belief that theirs is the only “true” religion, and that all others are false. Some have suggested that all religions perhaps provide a path to that which we call God, yet by their very nature most religions are fervently exclusive for no other reason than their claim of truth, a declaration which immediately renders everything else a lie of some sort. Very few Muslims will suggest that a Christian will be happily accepted by Allah, just as very few Christian would expect a dedicated atheist to be found in Heaven. Advocates of such ecumenism – as it is called – are often woefully, perhaps even willingly, ignorant of this fact, yet it is absolutely vital in understanding that there can be but one path alone to the divine.
If all seemingly-valid options are inherently exclusive then how can anyone be certain that their faith is the one true path to God? How can we know what course to take when all directions at the crossroads of life claim to lead to God?
What justification do I, for instance, have to be sure that Christianity is accurate? It is certainly a faith that calls for exclusivity, making no allowance for those who are not wholly invested in Christ. We are told that He, Jesus Christ, is the only path to God, and that no one shall enter Heaven without Him. From this call there have been many who have come to faith, understanding the significance. For others though, that exclusivity is not in keeping with their concept of God, and has moved them to turn away, to seek more open channels of transcendence.
These people claim that the arrogance of such an exclusive faith is intolerable, that they cannot muster within themselves enough indulgence to overlook it. What these people seem to misunderstand however is that through such a choice they are being just as arrogant and narrow-minded! The modern thinker, as I shall refer to him here, is so confident that their worldview is the better way that they overlook the fact that, by that very assumption, they have elevated their own observations, predilections, and preferences, above those of the great leaders of the past, including Jesus.
For the modern thinker to claim that all others are wrong and that he is right is actually a frightening display of unbridled arrogance. What they miss, in the midst of their excuses, is that truth, by its very nature and calling, must be exclusive, and that not everyone can be right, that not everyone can have it their way.
So, what makes the Christian worldview the truth? As the apologist Ravi Zacharias has often noted, all worldviews inherently seek answers to four questions, specifically hoping to address the questions of life’s origins, meaning, morality, and destiny, and each of these questions must be answered coherently on both the individual and the cumulative levels. All worldviews that claim this cohesion must then be judged for their logical consistency, empirical adequacy, and experiential relevance.
- Where did we come from?
- Why are we here?
- What is right and what is wrong?
- Where are we going?
These four questions invariably form the framework for all worldviews, and each has their own way of addressing them, from atheism to Zoroastrianism, yet it is in Christianity alone that we find these questions most cohesively answered, supported by a wealth of historical and technical evidences and heightened beyond the limitations of its challengers through a depth of personal experience in the hearts of sincere believers.
My own journey to Christ really began once I learned of the insurmountable hurdles facing the naturalistic worldview I held. This will be a bit different. Before we address the flaws and broken suppositions of naturalism, before we tackle its pillars of evolution and deep-time, I want to first establish for you a sense of the validity and integrity of the Christian faith. It is not simply another religion, as some contend, but rather it possesses something indelibly different about it, something that sets it worlds apart from all others.
While volumes have been written on this matter alone, great theological and philosophical anthologies of that which distinguishes the Christian faith from all others, here I will focus only on those aspects immediately relevant to this work in particular; specifically, we will first consider the superiority of the Biblical account of Creation in regard to all others; secondly, we will address the precision and integrity of the origins and history of the Bible; and third we will undertake an examination of the foreknowledge and accurate prophecy that validates its divine origin.
– This was an excerpt from “Remnants of Eden: Evolution, Deep-Time, & the Antediluvian World.” Get your copy here today. God bless! –
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